If Sony isn't pushing PSNow why have the service in the first place?

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#1 Daniel_Su123
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Lets be honest here, 700K with 40% users is VERY bad. This is largely because the content that PSNow offer is not there, there's no first party games on the service, the games that until now that have been released were terrible.

Sony has said that they are making PSNow are bigger priority, but until Sony is actually committed to improving PSNow's standing against Game Pass. The future of PSNow will bleak when Game Pass, Apple Arcade continue to grab all the indies and other games and while at the same time ignore PSNow.

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#2 Fedor
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What a hot take.

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#3 xantufrog  Moderator
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You on this again?

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#4 lundy86_4  Online
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PSNow is gonna be surpassed before long. It's lacking overall. With upcoming streaming services, hopefully Sony starts to up the game.

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#5 BenjaminBanklin
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Because it's an optional service. Sony actually sells new 1st party software really well, so they don't have to lean on this service to distribute games. I really don't see a bunch of devs rushing to fight for marketshare on a digital streaming platform with brand new games unless they're paid by the platform holder to do so.

Game Pass has to tempt people with AAA games for pennies to get them to pay attention to the service. I think Sony and Nintendo would still prefer people pay full price for titles for now instead of hoping to trick people into forgetting to cancel a sub.

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#6 sakaiXx
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Sony strategy is clear on PSNow. Its for streaming old stuff. Personally, it has a really great list of old games.

Its an expensive solution for PS4 lack of backwards compability but Sony will definitely relaunch PSNow when they see Gamepass, Stadia and others making more impact.

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#7 Pedro
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PSNow is for suckers.

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#8 Nonstop-Madness
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The service needs to improve in terms of performance, selection of games, price etc but it's still pretty much the only major streaming service.

I'm sure they have enough market research (their own analysis) to make the necessary changes to be more successful.

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#9 xhawk27
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Gamepass must have at least Five Million Subscribers.

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#10 SaltSlasher
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I made this same post a few months ago.

I'm currently subscribed, its my 2nd year in last 4, only really signed up cause auto-withdrew and when I got refund, they considered my money theirs and only put it in my wallet, and it was 2 years prior I said I'd never use their store again, and now promise you I'll never buy anything on a Sony platform again.

The first year was OK cause had PS3 and Vita. All that is gone, and only reason this 2nd term is OK, is cause of the downloading, but whack that I can't do it on PC. Even with the downloading, the system has issues knowing whether or not I have rights to play them. I'm not really happy with service, and probably should have used the $60 on a single game than the service.

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#11 I_P_Daily
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It's there so Sony can milk it's fan base (cows) with minimal effort, I thought this was well established years ago?

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#12 AJStyles
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PSNow is more successful than gamepass. It makes more money and has more market share than gamepass.

Lems are mad their service is doing worse. Fact is, no one gives a damn about halo, Forza and gears and they are not enough to sell a crappy service like gamepass.

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#13 Ten_Pints
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I never saw the value in any of these rental services

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#14 Ant_17
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@i_p_daily said:

It's there so Sony can milk it's fan base (cows) with minimal effort, I thought this was well established years ago?

Imagine what will happen if they tried. Gamepass would die within a day.

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#15  Edited By Daredevils2k
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It doesn’t take a stable genius to figure this out, but Sony is preparing it for the ps5 reveal and you’ll hear about this updated service either at the ps5 reveal or at E3.

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#16 Sancho_Panzer
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Placeholder service.

It might yet grow into something more worthwhile.

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#17  Edited By Bluestars
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Sony has plans for ps cow,why else would they beg MS for da power of da cloud

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#18 sealionact
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@ajstyles said:

PSNow is more successful than gamepass. It makes more money and has more market share than gamepass.

Lems are mad their service is doing worse. Fact is, no one gives a damn about halo, Forza and gears and they are not enough to sell a crappy service like gamepass.

Let's see, we pay less for a better service that offers 100% downloadable games and AAA games at launch, as well as a different selection of games on PC at no extra charge.

Remind us why we're mad again?

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#19 pdogg93
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@saltslasher: you should use that $60 and buy yourself some Valium and tissues.

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#20  Edited By BenjaminBanklin
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@sealionact said:

Let's see, we pay less for a better service that offers 100% downloadable games and AAA games at launch, as well as a different selection of games on PC at no extra charge.

Remind us why we're mad again?

Because no one has any reason to touch an Xbox console anymore. Now you're all a bunch of subscription service fanboys since the last lot of you have nothing else to stan for when it comes to Xbox now. Of course you're celebrating the fact that you no longer own your games because it's not like Xbox fans were buying them anyway.

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#21 Valgaav_219
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@xhawk27 said:

Gamepass must have at least Five Million Subscribers.

Yet PS Now makes more money lol

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#22 sealionact
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@BenjaminBanklin said:
@sealionact said:

Let's see, we pay less for a better service that offers 100% downloadable games and AAA games at launch, as well as a different selection of games on PC at no extra charge.

Remind us why we're mad again?

Because no one has any reason to touch an Xbox console anymore. Now you're all a bunch of subscription service fanboys since the last lot of you have nothing else to stan for when it comes to Xbox now. Of course you're celebrating the fact that you no longer own your games because it's not like Xbox fans were buying them anyway.

Really have no idea what your answer has to do with my question which was "Why are we mad that our service is doing worse?"
If we're subscription service fanboys...why are we mad?
If we're celebrating not owning games .... why are we mad?

I'm delighted with what MS has done this gen, and even though I loved God of War ... I can't see myself paying 60 bucks again for yet another 3rd Person SP adventure that barely lasts me 3-4 days. Those days are coming to an end. More and more people are buying digital, and because it cuts down costs I shouldn't have to pay the same price as physical media. Offer me a subscription service that offers me all the AAA 1st party games at launch, at such a reduced price ... of course I'll jump on it, and so would every Sony gamer if was available.

Mad? Nah.

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#23 omegaMaster
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Because it's sh*t and everyone knows that. PS Now needs to be scrapped

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#24 shellcase86
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"Pushing" PSNow implies that's their main/priority strategy. It's not. It's a supplementary service. For the time being, the main/priority if console market share and PS+ subscriptions. This will prob change shortly after or mid-way through the PS5's lifecycle, so....2023/2024?

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#25 Valgaav_219
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@omegamaster said:

Because it's sh*t and everyone knows that. PS Now needs to be scrapped

Why scrap it when it clearly had marketshare? Like more than Gamepass, though

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#26  Edited By Daniel_Su123
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@valgaav_219: Game Pass has more market share than PS Now. 700K PSNOW users and roughly 5+ million GP users.

@shellcase86

Game Pass will have been far established by 2024 and will be far too late for Sony. The only chance Sony has for PSNow to succeed is on PS5.

Even now Sony has a long road to climb to give devs a better deal than Microsoft.